Vanguard (Lagos)

3 January 2013

Nigeria: Counting the Glitches At D'Banj's Koko Concert

Photo: D'banj/Facebook
D'banj Koko concert

Wasn't D'Banj's Koko concert which held on December 27, 2012 supposed to knock us off her rocker, wishing the night never ended as it promised to offer fun to last us into the New Year? But it seemed the Koko Master hit the blank this time, ending a rather awesome year on a roller-coaster ride of shame.

Though everyone applauded the artiste for the choice of venue which was the Eko Atlantic City but when you come to terms with the distance you have to trek to get to the heart of the concert, you would realise walking some 20km stretch isn't a balmy way of starting a night of fun, especially one you paid through your nose to have.

Then the Nigerian factor really became a virus, a virus that ate up people for more than three hours standing and shuffling for space before the show could really get started in earnest. All the posters and the media merry-go-round said it would begin at 7pm but any semblance of the show coming on didn't take shape on stage until well after 10pm.

Now UK based actor, Idris Elba, the host, is as cool as they come especially if you still feel the pangs of "Sometimes In April" but the handsome dude isn't cut out to be a host at a show not to talk of a huge concert. Get a picture of a run-down gramophone trying to deliver a mix of heavy metal rock and hardcore rap? He virtually got some people dozing off instead of getting them in the mood.

Isn't a concert supposed to be a live band kind of thing but most of the acts got off on CD-backed performances which were mostly off key.

Then, the moment most had been waiting for, arrived; D'banj making one of the most majestic intros, getting on stage with a golden robe adorned with a traditional crown. D'banj however made matters worse, delaying his performance with unnecessary banter, which only irritated most of the already-tired audience. He was, however, brave enough to use the live band, the first performer of the night to do so, performing songs like 'Olorun maje', 'Suddenly', 'Oyato' and more.

Between performances and romancing the VVIP crowd, D'banj brought on Naeto C, Kay Switch, Ikechukwu, J-Sol and Davido, with all the features being lacklustre. 40 minutes into D'banj's performance, there was a mass exodus from the venue, leaving a quarter of the original crowd ending the show with D'banj as he finished up with 'Oliver Twist' his monster hit.

Wizkid and 2face, who had been earlier announced to attend and perform at the concert were missing, while many guests, including Seyi Shodimu, Darey, and Banky W reportedly turned back, after trying for hours to get to the venue.

Now, the next day was a day of rage with thousands taking to the social media to vent their anger on what their ordeal was at the show. It was meant to be a night of fun but many walked away looking rather morose and those who endured it felt not only disappointed but also denied.

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